TPC Scottsdale unveils monument to 16th hole aces

A monument honoring those who aced the 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale during the Waste Management Phoenix Open. (Submitted photo)

TPC Scottsdale, home of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, has unveiled a monument marking those who have hit an ace, also called a hole-in-one, on the 16th hole.

The iconic hole has its roots in fan experience and stadium-style viewing areas, but nothing like what it is today, a press release states.

The berms and hills throughout the course provided guests of the tournament high-standing viewing areas on which they could view multiple holes designed to combat the tight quarters of the old locations at Phoenix and Arizona Country Clubs.

The area behind the 16th tee box was no exception, although it did have a TGIF tent where fans could have a few libations — the spark that built the eventual coliseum, according to a release.

In 1997, a wide-eyed and fresh-faced Tiger Woods aced his third-round tee shot at 16. The result was a deafening roar as Mr. Woods, caught up in the excitement, missed a few high-fives and “raised the roof” as he walked down the forced carry to remove his ball from the cup.

He wasn’t the first to ace the hole at TPC Scottsdale but his moment in 1997 was the catalyst for the creation what the short par-3 is today, a release claims.

Now, the names of the few who have aced the par-3 16th are forever enshrined at the iconic hole; their names etched on a monument dedicated to the new age of golf and the players who found glory at the Waste Management Phoenix Open’s iconic hole.

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